Sophie Bernard

Sophie Bernard


UFR des Sciences Fondamentales et Biomédicales,
Université Paris Cité
Campus Saint-Germain-des Prés
45, rue des Saints-Pères, 75270 Paris Cedex 06

Short Biography

Sophie Bernard is Professor of Physics at the Faculty of Basic and Biomedical Sciences of université paris cité and member of the T3S (Environmental Toxicity, Therapeutic Targets, Cellular Signaling and Biomarkers) INSERM UMR-S 1124 unit. Her current interdisciplinary research is focused on the real-time analysis of the process of myelination, the quantification of the cytoskeleton remodeling and signaling pathways involved in myelination and their dysregulation during demyelination. 
She passed a B.Sc. in fundamental physics and a PhD in biophysics in 1996 at Paris 7‑Diderot University on the development of Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering to follow anti-tumor drugs in cancer cells and to characterize their adducts with nucleic acids. She conducted postdoctoral research at the Pasteur Institute (Paris) in partnership with Pfizer research group (Connecticut, USA) and joined in 1999 the Paris Descartes University where she passed her Habilitation in 2006.

Research Interests
  • Biophysics of myelin
  • Remodeling of glial cells and signaling pathways
  • Experimental culture models of demyelination and remyelination
  • Multivariate statistical analysis of biological data


  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Physics for bioimaging
  • Advanced spectroscopy
  • Scientific thinking and communication

Professional Responsibilities and Experiences

Head of the Graduate School BME@UP, SMARTS-UP program (since 2020)
Chair of the Master Program in BioMedical Engineering – Paris (since 2016)
Co-Chair of the cooperation agreement for the Graduate Program in BME with Hangzhou Dianzi University (since 2020)
Co-Director of the Institute of Neuroscience and Cognition (since 2014)